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    March 2012

  • Healing Hands MIRAGEs and illusions

    BIM · March 29, 2012

    Our research at The University of Nottingham unexpectedly stumbled into the media spotlight: “Mind tricks may help arthritic pain; Illusions can halve the pain of osteoarthritis” the headlines read. They were referring to our MIRAGE multisensory illusions box, which can create a powerful illusion that the hand or fingers are being stretched or shrunk...

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  • Learning and chronic pain Part 2

    BIM · March 26, 2012

    n the previous blog post we discussed a model for a way in which a neutral stimulus when repeatedly paired with a biologically significant stimulus might come to elicit a conditioned response that is similar to the response to the biologically significant stimulus. Well here is a bit more on that very theme...

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  • Learning and chronic pain Part 1

    BIM · March 21, 2012

    In the realm of chronic pain, “problem learning” discussion usually revolves around the processes of sensitisation (i.e. central) and operant conditioning (i.e. development of habitual pain behaviours through reinforcement processes). Ironically, perhaps the most famous form of learning has received the least attention by researchers in chronic pain. I am of course talking about...

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  • Can tweets predict citations?

    BIM · March 13, 2012

    A recent article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)[1] looked at whether it is feasible to measure social impact of, and public attention to, newly published research articles by analysing buzz in social ...

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